Officer, Research & Education

Posting Date: December 22, 2016
Title: Research & Education, Officer
Employment Terms: Permanent, full-time
Start Date: January 2017
Reporting Structure: Directly reports to the Director, Research & Education

To apply please send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to with “Research & Education, Officer” in the subject line. While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, we will only be contacting those selected for interviews. Please note the required qualifications.


The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the leading private supporter of vision research in Canada. Over the past 42 years, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has invested over $30 million in ground-breaking research that will ultimately be translated into new therapies and cures at hospitals and universities nation-wide. Our growing Major Gift and Annual Giving programs, pioneering Vision Quest education series and signature events across Canada like Comic Vision, Ride for Sight and Cycle for Sight, unite Canadians to support our commitment to advancing retinal research, education and public awareness. Since 1974, thanks to our supporters, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has funded 215 research grants resulting in over 700 discoveries, all supporting our goal of understanding why vision loss occurs, how it can be slowed or stopped, and how sight can be restored. Curing blindness is a monumental task that many of our researchers have made their life’s work. Our community of donors demonstrate unwavering support of our mission – changing lives by restoring hope and sight.


Reporting to the Director, Research & Education, the candidate is responsible for all aspects of grant administration related to the FFB’s research portfolio (e.g., Notice of Awards, grant payments, timely progress reports, financial reports, etc.). The candidate is also responsible for the logistical planning of Vision Quest (the FFB’s educational conference series) and peer-review meetings related to research funding. The candidate will work closely with the Director, Research & Education and other FFB staff to write research stories for the FFB website and develop innovative strategies to promote knowledge translation and mobilization.

Research Administration

  • General administration related to all FFB-funded research grants
  • Administration of grant submission process
  • Coordinate the peer-review process, including organizing peer-review meetings
  • Maintain records to assure clear accountability of FFB-funded research
  • Support the effective functioning of the Foundation Fighting Blindness Patient Registry and serve as point of first contact for interested patients and investigators

Program Development

  • Coordinate all logistical aspects of Vision Quest and contribute to program planning, including working closely with event chairs to plan the program
  • Support FFB’s advocacy efforts, including strategic planning with the Director, Research & Education
  • Respond to patient inquiries (phone and email) about vision research
  • Develop innovative knowledge mobilization methods to promote FFB research
  • Proactive relationship building with members of the eye health and scientific research communities

Writing and Content Development

  • Create and maintain research information resources, including: Overviews, including research in progress sections for key eye conditions; materials to aid donors and supporters in understanding the FFB’s research programs and progress; resources on promising areas of treatment research
  • Stay current with developments in vision research to effectively write research-related content for print and e-newsletters, annual reports, press releases, web materials, etc.
  • Collaborate with fundraising colleagues to develop a strong case for support by writing about the FFB’s research accomplishments


  • Master’s degree in the sciences
  • Experience in the non-profit sector is an asset
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills
  • strong project management, organizational and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate research to a lay audience (please include writing sample in your application)
  • Flexibility and ability to respond to multiple deadlines, competing priorities and critical audiences

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